29, December, 2006 2 Comments
Greetings during the holiday season!
It wasn’t easy getting online the past two days as Singapore’s Internet connections have been pretty badly affected by the earthquake off Taiwan. What happened was that on 27 Dec, (yes, I know 27 Dec is one day after 26 Dec, the day of the Tsunami two years ago), the earthquake off Taiwan destroyed underwater cables that linked much of Asia’s access to the cyberhighways of the world. It just goes to show how vulnerable the digital world is. For all that technology we have created, we are still very much dependent on the physical world (like the hardware and cables!) and we are no match for Mother Nature. Many online operations have also had to go manual (with the human touch!) Also, this is another example of the consequence of globalisation?
On to better news – if you didn’t already know, I have been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year! And you have, too!
If you look closely at the cover, on the screen of the computer, is a mirror, so you are actually looking at yourself as Person of the Year! Cool, right? Time decided to honour the common man, yes, that’s you and me, as we control the Information Age! According to the cover story, “in 2006, the World Wide Web became a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter…it’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.”
And for “seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you” and me!
We are now co-creators of the digital world! Power to the Everyman!
“This is an opportunity to build a new kind of international understanding, not politician to politician, great man to great man, but citizen to citizen, person to person. It’s a chance for people to look at a computer screen and really, genuinely wonder who’s out there looking back at them.”
So, as we continue to improve in our technologies, and as the world gets increasingly ‘technologised’, let us remember that we are still very much human, and continue to make connections in the digital world and seek new kinds of understanding, and forge new ways of harnessing the powers of new technologies.
Have a blogging good year ahead!
Best wishes for a happy and blessed 2007!